What does ‘give’ mean?

The word ‘give’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to transfer possession or allow.

For example:

  • I gave Sammy my jumper. (transfer posession)
  • My mum has given me permission to go to the party. (allow)

Give is an irregular verb. The past tense is gave and the past participle is given.

phrasal verbs with give

Phrasal verbs with ‘give’ include:

  • Give + reflexive pronoun + up (surrender to the authorities)
  • Give away (distribute)
  • Give back (return)
  • Give in (surrender, submit)
  • Give in to (agree)
  • Give off (emit)
  • Give out (distribute, emit)
  • Give over (pass responsibility)
  • Give up (stop, surrender)
  • Give up on (lose faith)
phrasal verbs with give

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘give’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with give - give away
phrasal verbs with give - give back
phrasal verbs with give - give in to
phrasal verbs with give - give in
phrasal verbs with give - give off
phrasal verbs with give - give out
phrasal verbs with give - give over
phrasal verbs with give - give up on
phrasal verbs with give - give up
phrasal verbs with give - give + reflexive pronoun + up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with give below.

idioms with verbs – GIVE

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with give, how about learning the idioms with give too?